Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Bethel AME began their planning for a new church with a dream and engaged the architectural services of Lauterbach & Associates, Architects from the beginning to help them make their dream a reality.
The challenges were many: a very tight site with a need to be able to serve a large congregation for worship, education, and fellowship events; requirement to design for the congregation's pre set exterior appearance which necessitated diligence so that the interior spaces accommodate the pre set exterior look; the need to achieve the best use of space, all within a restricted budget and with the consensus of the congregation.
Designing a two story area for administration and education functions resolved space issues for this tight site and provided logical connection to the larger spaces like fellowship hall and sanctuary. The fellowship hall is adjacent to the sanctuary and separated by a movable partition wall allowing flexibility in use.
A member of the congregation was a talented woodworker. The interior woodwork was done in collaboration with the artist. In the end all agreed that the 10 years of struggle was worthwhile and the day the church was dedicated was a community celebration.
- Client: Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
- Project Data
- Location: Oxnard, California
- Completion: 1986